An amendment to the Infrastructure Bill which, if adopted, will include a legal obligation on the Government to develop a cycling and walking investment strategy, has been welcomed as a “massive step” by British Cycling’s Chris Boardman.
British Cycling says the amendment will “put a legal obligation on the DfT to set targets and investment for cycling” and “make the transport secretary directly responsible for ensuring that funds are secured to promote active transport”.
Chris Boardman, British Cycling’s policy adviser, said: “This amendment represents a massive shift in thinking and most importantly, commitment. It brings us one step closer to realising our vision for a cycling nation.
“If passed, this Bill will mean that cycling can no longer be ignored as a legitimate form of transport. It makes the transport secretary directly responsible for setting targets and putting in investment.
“And this isn’t just about roads, it could require railway stations, offices and retail parks to all accommodate the needs of people on bikes. I expect all MPs and peers do the right thing and vote through this amendment.”
The news was also welcomed by Julian Huppert, Liberal Democrat MP and co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, who said: “I am really delighted that the Government has seen the force of our argument and is writing into law the cycling and walking investment strategy.
“It is the right thing to improve health, the environment and congestion."